Richards
v.
Whiting

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second DepartmentJun 5, 1908
127 App. Div. 208 (N.Y. App. Div. 1908)
127 App. Div. 208111 N.Y.S. 21

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June 5, 1908.

Conrad Saxe Keyes, for the appellant.

J. Aspinwall Hodge, for the respondent.


The complaint alleges a contract between the plaintiff and the defendant that all commissions on real estate transactions by the latter with persons introduced to him by the former should be equally divided. It is conceded that an examination before trial should be had, but contended that it should be limited to proof of the transactions had with persons so introduced and the commissions earned thereon. The defendant should not be examined to prove the contract or to show the persons introduced, it is claimed, for the reason that the plaintiff must have personal knowledge thereof and can testify to it himself on the trial. That a party has other evidence on an issue is not a reason for refusing to allow him to examine his adversary on the issue. On the contrary, such examination may avoid the necessity of calling witnesses. It might seem that due regard for recent decisions would deter the taking of appeals like this ( Shonts v. Thomas, 116 App. Div. 854; Donaldson v. Brooklyn Heights R.R. Co., 119 id. 513; Goldmark v. U.S. Electro-Galvanizing Co., 111 id. 526; McKeand v. Locke, 115 id. 174; Koplin v. Hoe, 123 id. 827; Cherbuliez v. Parsons, 123 id. 814).

The order should be affirmed.

JENKS, HOOKER, RICH and MILLER, JJ., concurred.

Order affirmed, with ten dollars costs and disbursements.